The Beartooths Hiking Tour
(includes all lodging, all meals, shuttle between Billings and Red Lodge prior to and following tour, leaders, trail maps and narratives)
From our earliest days, Beartooth Pass, straddling the rugged Montana/Wyoming border, has been the cornerstone of many of the cycling and hiking trips that we have developed in the Yellowstone Country. In so many ways, the Beartooths symbolize the concept of adventure that is the heart of our program. We are a group with an enormous appetite for high mountain adventure; we cherish each and every alpine encounter that we have embraced in our program since our earliest beginnings. But for us, let there be no doubt, Beartooth is without equal—it is the best hiking trip ever!
Situated northeast of the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the Beartooths, for the most part, are contained within the vast Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The rugged terrain, high elevations and somewhat remote location are factors that conspire to preserve the pristine quality of this region.
Our hiking tour will assemble in Red Lodge, eastern gateway to the Beartooths, mid-morning on Day 1 and we’ll provide a short van shuttle from Billings. We’ll hike along the Lake Fork of Rock Creek to Broadwater Lake and then head for Rock Creek Resort, where we’ll spend our first of three overnights (7 miles).
On Day 2, we’ll shuttle along the West Fork of Rock Creek for an engaging 9-mile introduction to the wilderness as we hike to Timberline Lake. The views from the lake are magnificent, including Timberline Glacier and 12,500' Silver Run Peak.
Early morning of Day 3, we’re headed through Roscoe to the East Rosebud Trailhead for our hike along The Beaten Path, the 26-mile trans-wilderness trail that showcases the unspoiled beauty of the Beartooths. No, we’re not planning on the full 26-mile course of The Beaten Path, but, rather, the first six-to-seven miles to magnificent Rimrock and Rainbow Lakes. This day’s adventure, though, does not end with our return to the trailhead. We’re headed for dinner at the incomparable Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, but be forewarned, some of last year’s guests have threatened to return this season if only to be part of another Grizzly Bar experience.
On Day 4, we’ll climb moderately along the cascading West Fork of Rock Creek to beautiful Quinnebaugh Meadows, passing Calamity and Sentinel Falls along the way (10 miles). We’ll then shuttle over awesome Beartooth Pass on the famous Beartooth Highway (yes, it has re-opened!) to Cooke City, where we’ll spend our final two nights at the Alpine Lodge.
Day 5, we’re hiking to Beartooth Butte and a spectacular encounter with Beartooth High Lakes. Much of this 9-mile hike in the Beartooth high country is at or above timberline with breathtaking views of countless high alpine lakes and the dominating presence of Lonesome Mountain and famous Beartooth Butte.
We’ll bid farewell to the magnificent Beartooths the following day as we hike leisurely to Island and Night Lakes (4 miles), re-visit Beartooth Pass and return to Billings. The Beartooths hiking tour is one not to miss!.
|Day 1||Group assembles in Red Lodge; van shuttle from Billings; hike along Lake Fork of Rock Creek to Broadwater Lake||7 miles|
|Day 2||Hike to Timberline Lake; views of Timberline Glacier and Silver Run Peak||9 miles|
|Day 3||East Rosebud Trailhead, the Beaten Path to Rimrock and Rainbow Lakes||7 miles|
|Day 4||Hike through Quinnebaugh Meadows||10 miles|
|Day 5||Beartooth High Lakes trail, views of Lonesome Mountain and Beartooth Butte||9 miles|
|Day 6||Beartooth Pass: Island and Night Lakes||4 miles|
Total Hiking Mileage - 46 miles